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Software for distributed systems management
13 June 2018, Test & Measurement

National Instruments announced the release of SystemLink application software for distributed systems management. SystemLink helps improve operational efficiency and decrease maintenance costs through a centralised interface for automating tasks such as software deployment, remote device configuration and system health performance monitoring.

Trends like the Industrial Internet of Things, 5G and the electrification of vehicles, coupled with existing realities, like maintaining distributed legacy systems, are inspiring companies to seek new approaches to systems management. The push towards connected and centrally coordinated systems has transformed theories and pilot projects into large-scale, distributed deployments with impactful business returns. Companies derive these returns from the actionable, data-driven insights that help them maximise uptime, increase efficiency and drive future product innovation. At the same time, companies need to balance their adoption of new, connected technologies while preserving support for valuable legacy assets with long life cycles.

Systems that manage, maintain and extract insight from small-scale pilots or groups of systems are relatively straightforward to implement. However, attention now shifts toward the next challenge, which is scaling and managing large deployments, varying life cycle stages and distributed testers and nodes across entire plants, labs and factories. This challenge includes tasks like remote software and system configuration as well as data management and performance monitoring, and applies to industries such as aerospace and defence, transportation and manufacturing.

SystemLink enables engineers to connect, deploy, and manage distributed systems, both National Instruments and third-party, through a centralised interface accessible from anywhere, making it possible for them to remotely configure and deploy software, monitor the health and performance of their equipment, manage alarms and visualise application parameters. Additionally, engineers can automate the communication of data to customer-defined dashboards and remote operator interfaces.

For more information contact Test Dynamics, +27 62 217 0063.


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